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Courage is an international organization founded by Fr John Harvey to provide support for men and women who strive for chastity while experiencing sexual attraction to members of the same gender. Fr Klee is the leader of such a group and so we will be learning about homosexuality and the current push for redefining marriage to accommodate homosexual relationships. Where does homosexuality come from? Can parents reduce the risk of their children claiming a homosexual orientation? What about the “equality” and “compassion” arguments that fuel the popularity of support for redefining marriage? Are these legitimate reasons? How can one respond with generosity, kindness, and respect for the dignity of all human beings? What is it about marriage that makes it exclusive to one man and one woman–other restrictions do apply?
Our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” two weeks ago was Dr Jay Boyd who has blogged about Natural Family Planning (NFP) for over a year at “Philothea on Phire”—–http://philotheaonphire.blogspot.com/. She and some of her blog friends have raised serious questions about the teaching, use, and advocacy of NFP. Those who are deeply committed to NFP did not like much of what she had to say. You may listen to that program at http://radiomaria.us/questforlife/. Based on her blog, Dr Jay has composed a book, Natural Family Planning: Trojan Horse in the Catholic Bedroom?
I and One More Soul have been strong promoters of NFP for well over a decade, so some listeners have expressed surprise and disappointment in my giving Dr Boyd a platform. My response is three fold: 1) I am always looking for the Truth (that comes from God who is love, beauty, goodness and truth); 2) NFP is good, but maybe there is something even better; and 3) our Guest today–Kim Cole–will share her experience of the good fruits of NFP.
Kim has taught the Billings Method of NFP for over 17 years, first in Redding CA, and for the past 10+ years in the Phoenix Diocese. She has taught over 100 couples in a great variety of situations and will attest to the dramatic changes for the better that NFP has caused for these couples.
She and her couples are very blessed to be in the Diocese of Phoenix which requires couples being prepared for marriage to receive a thorough NFP course. Some priests are requiring couples going through RCIA to complete the same course. You will be amazed by her stories and the statistics she can cite for the parish where she has taught for many years.
Joy de Felice is an RN, BSN, and PHN in Spokane Washington. She directs the NFP Program at Sacred Heart Medical Center, and teaches the Billings Method of NFP.
What is most remarkable about Joy is her over 35 years of research on the Effects of Light on Women’s Fertility Cycle-and therefore fertility and infertility.
Kim has been the Executive Director of the John Paul Life Center for the 2 1/2 years that it has been serving troubled women from the Austin area. Being a single mother herself, Kim has a very easy rapport with Center clients and has experienced the great joy that comes with helping a scared young woman choose life for her baby. You will be amazed at her life story and how God continues to work in her life.
Because of this parallel provision of medical services, Kim works closely with Dr Jeremy Kalamarides, the Vitae Clinic Medical Director. Kim keeps the JPII Center running efficiently and fruitfully, generating great (and expanding) benefits for the Church and community in the Diocese of Austin.
Dan Becker and Georgia RTL have succeeded in removing all exceptions (like rape and incest) from Georgia’s laws restricting abortion availability. How did they accomplish that seemingly impossible task?
And, they are successfully promoting a definition of Personhood that includes pre-born children, confident that tactic will send Roe vs Wade to the scrap heap.
Mike is President and Founder of Christus Medicus Foundation with a long history of support for authentically Catholic health care–conforming to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic health care workers. He has developed health care plans (insurance) that conforms to Catholic teaching and he has assisted several organizations establish Catholic health care clinics.
He will also be telling us about the “Make Straight the Pathway” Catholic health care conference in Houston, 7-9 March, the third annual such conference addressing a National Catholic Health Plan”, Religious Freedom & Right of Conscience, and a “Nationwide Network of Culture of Life Primary Care Medical Centers”.
I’m very excited to have Deal Hudson as my Guest because of his wide-ranging expertise and interests that impact our culture. He is a philosopher, professor, writer–several books, multiple articles published in virtually every major American newspaper, a Bush White House adviser on all things Catholic, and a commentator on politics, religion, and many other topics.
He will certainly have thoughts on the recent election, why so many Catholics voted for the anti-Catholic candidate, and what we can expect during the next four years. I’m eager to hear what he has to say.
Blessings to all.
Bill May is the President of “Catholics for the Common Good” and the author of getting the marriage conversation right, a guide for effective dialogue. Bill contends that we are losing the battle over marriage rights because we have failed to correctly articulate what marriage is. Eleven states have legalized same sex “marriage”. Why is this happening?